Late in the second quarter of the Buffalo Bills prime-time Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions, superstar edge rusher Von Miller was knocked down with a knee injury. Miller apparently got twisted in traffic trying to tackle Lions quarterback Jard Goff in the red zone, who then completed a seven-yard pass to Caliph Raymond.
While the 33-year-old set out on his own, he went straight to the blue medical tent for an examination. After that, he was shown on the CBS show being taken to the dressing room. the athlete‘s Joe Buscaglia tweeted, “For what it’s worth, Detroit has a very windy uphill ramp to the visitors’ locker room. The car is perhaps more functional comfort than austerity.”
However, Miller was quick excluded for the remainder of the game, which is obviously a major blow to Bill’s already badly depleted defense. The Bills go into Week 12 without two of their key pass rushers, Greg Rousseau and AJ Epenesa.
NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport tweeted: “The initial diagnosis for #Bills star Von Miller is a sprained knee, a source said. That would be a good result. No one has ruled out a more serious injury, but some are hoping. He has an MRI and other tests tomorrow to confirm.”
Rapoport then provided a somber update on Miller’s status. “There is no doubt that Von Miller will miss the time,” said the NFL analyst tweeted. “The question is how much. The wild card round of the playoffs is more than a month and a half away. 80 days until the Super Bowl. If the MRI confirms a sprain, its return could occur in this window. Important tests are coming.”
Banged bills tweeted: “Replay showed Von Miller’s left leg rolled up. However, it is referred to as a knee, suggesting an MCL injury due to the mechanism of injury. An already thin defensive end space gets another hit.”
ESPN‘s Jeremy Fowler added: “Source on #Bills’ knee injury Von Miller: ‘Cautiously optimistic’ he avoided major damage in the #Lions game but Monday’s tests will reveal the extent.”
So far this season, Miller has recorded eight sacks, tied for 10th in the NFL, 17 solo tackles and one forced fumble per Pro Football Reference.
Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tweeted a message of support to Miller after he left the game with an injury. Beckham tweeted, “God watch @VonMiller!!! Lay your hands on him, Lord. I ask that it is nothing too serious. I love you brother, pray hard!”
Miller has publicly advocated for Beckham to join him in Buffalo for months, previously gloating that the move was “said and done.”
However, there are multiple teams in the OBJ Sweepstakes, including the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Francisco 49ers. The clock is ticking as the three-time Pro Bowler makes his final decision. PFF analyst Ari Meirov tweeted on Nov. 13 “Beckham Jr. was completely deleted in the past week, per @JayGlazer. Teams were looking to invite him over for a visit this week, but OBJ wants to take about two weeks to get into football shape first. He could sign with a team just after Thanksgiving.”
Twitter was immediately concerned after Miller’s exit as he is a crucial part of the Bills’ defense. The Buffalo News‘ Jay Skurski tweeted: ‘Of course that would be a huge burden on the #Bills’ defense. Losing by Miller for this season would be a devastating blow.
Nate Geary from WGR 550 tweeted, “Miller will be taken away. I’ve never seen a team suffer so much injury misfortune in such an important year. I’m sick.”
Shortly after Miller left the game, Pro Bowl offensive lineman Dion Dawkins was announced as “questionable” to return with an ankle injury.